Chocolate Whiskey Pecan Tart or Steeplechase Pie

The Loveless Cafe calls it Steeplechase Pie, named after a three-mile race held in Nashville a week after the Kentucky Derby. They made the pie their own by adding chocolate to the pecans and I’m making it my own by  turning it into a tart instead of a pie. and going with bittersweet chocolate instead of semi-sweet. You might even consider using this shortbread crust I used in a legendary almond tart. You can even choose to leave the pecans whole which I did the first time I made it.  I love the flexibility and anyway you make it, you will love it.

This is a busy cooking time as Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so I’m getting right to it.

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Chocolate Pecan Tart or Steeplechase Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American Southern
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Serves: 8
Chocolate, Pecans and Whiskey are fabulous combination for a pie or a tart, adapted from the recipe for Steeplechase Pie from the Loveless Cafe Dessert Cookbook.
  • 1 single pie crust partially baked for 20 minutes
  • 1¼ cups pecan pieces
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  1. Mix chocolate chips and pecan pieces in bowl together
  2. Mix sugar, butter together. Add whiskey, vanilla. Mix. Add eggs one at a time.
  3. Add corn syrup.
  4. Line tart shell with chocolate and pecans. Pour mixture into pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 45 to 55 minutes. Pie will bubble. Cool completely before serving.


  1. Debra says

    Yummy! You are reminding me of my Grandmother’s pecan pie! But of course, hers (and mine) are always with the dark Karo syrup – I love the flavor of the dark one, and I always use a bit less sugar, too.

    But I was just thinking of doing it this year with the chocolate, and I love the idea of a shortbread crust – might as well do it up!


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